Sunday, January 03, 2010

Going Fourth at the Hawthorns?

Should we overcome Plymouth in the FA Cup Third Round replay at St James' Park next week, our reward will be a tough trip to the Black Country to take on our closest promotion challengers West Brom.

The Baggies booked their place in the Fourth Round with a 2-0 win at free-scoring League One high-flyers Huddersfield - no mean feat, given that Lee Clark's side were hitherto unbeaten at home this season. However much the game is talked up, though, I suspect that both Chris Hughton and Roberto di Matteo would be far more focused on the league clash at St James' Park a few days before.

As for the replay, we've beaten the Pilgrims at home once already this campaign, but they've been showing improved form of late (since Paul Mariner took the reins, basically) and so we'd best be mindful of Sir Bobby Robson's famous words of wisdom: "If you count your chickens before they've hatched, they won't lay an egg"...

Paul's report on yesterday's stalemate to follow.


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